Honors Program students take an integrated sequence of six interdisciplinary courses spread over the first three years of college, and complete a senior-year capstone project that demonstrates the higher-level, independent thinking valued by graduate schools and employers.
The Honors Difference
Honors courses are small in size, and emphasize responsive writing, small group discussion, multimedia presentation and collaborative projects. Informed absorption of great ideas, rather than mere acquaintance with them, is the program's goal.
The entire sequence of Honors courses is carefully integrated so that knowledge obtained in one course may be applied directly to the next. Saint Leo's Honors Program reinforces the notion that a liberal arts education furnishes a coherent body of knowledge that serves the needs of the intellectually well-rounded individual.
The Honors Program provides an alternative means of satisfying the general education requirements all Saint Leo students must fulfill.
All scholars complete a major piece of original research or creative work—an experience most non-Honors students obtain only if they attend graduate school. The project is the culmination of your undergraduate Honors work, and your opportunity to work closely with a renowned faculty member.
For more on the senior project, including examples of past projects, visit Research & Service.
Classical World View (HON 150)
Students read and discuss faithful translations of Greek and/or Roman authors whose works exemplify the breadth and depth of classical learning. Epic poetry, lyric poetry, drama, and writings, which embrace questions relating to ethics, politics, physics and theology, are covered. Of central concern is an inquiry into the purpose and content of a liberal education as first conceived by the classical philosophers.
Christian Vision (HON 151)
Students read and discuss original documents in the Judeo-Christian tradition, including Hebrew, Roman Catholic and Protestant authors. They learn to identify the literary, philosophical and theological traditions from which these authors drew, as well at to reflect on the contemporary influence of their thought and its relevance for modern life.
Humanistic Tradition (HON 250)
Students read and discuss important works by diverse authors spanning the broad period from the 15th century Renaissance to the 18th century Enlightenment; essays, poetry, drama, novels and philosophical writings are explored for their contribution to the revival of the arts letters and as evidence of a renewed interest in humankind as the center of creation.
Scientific Revolutions (HON 251)
Students read and discuss important works that have altered the course of scientific thinking. Books, essays, journals, and reports by scientific pathfinders serve as the primary course, although some laboratory work may be required. Contemporary writings and classic works from the history of science are examined. Of central concern is an investigation of the purposes, procedures, and accomplishments of the scientific enterprise.
Human Condition Reexamined (HON 350)
This course is a collectively led seminar on 18th and 19th century developments across the broad spectrum of the social sciences, encompassing history, politics, economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and technology. Supervised by the course instructor, each student will research and report on a major contributor to the intellectual ferment of ideas that helped to reshape the Western world's concept of human nature.
Contemporary World View (HON 351)
This course is a collectively led seminar on 20th century thought, culture and religion. Guided by the course instructor, each student will research and report on a major figure of the 20th century. Students will combine informed perspectives to discuss intellectual achievements and contemporary issues.
Special Topics (HON 100-400)
This is a variable content honors course that is designed for a specific class level: freshmen (100) through senior (400).Topic is announced in advance of registration. It may be employed to satisfy one of the Honors Program course requirements, excluding HON 498 and HON 499.
Honors Research Methods (HON 498)
This course involves planning for the senior honors thesis/project by developing a project proposal under the guidance of a faculty mentor, constructing a project timeline, and researching the available bibliographical and material resources as well as taking the pass/fail oral exit exam for the program.
Senior Honors Project (HON 499)
This course involves the completion of an original research thesis/project under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentor who is responsible for awarding the final course grade. The Senior Honors Project may be used to satisfy an upper division major capstone course requirement, with the consent of the divisional chairperson.